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Smoke in the air

Now that the apples have ripened, the leaves are falling and there is a cool crispness to the air, it's time to take a deep breath and enjoy the smoke from your neighbour's wood stove.

No amount of wood smoke is good to breathe.

The smoke particulates are so small they can evade our mucociliary defenses and travel directly into the blood stream. They also resist gravity and remain airborne for weeks at a time.

A large percentage of chimney smoke re-enters other buildings and there are no doors or windows capable of keeping the smoke particulate out.

The unhappy truth about burning wood is that your nice cozy fire is bad for you, your children, your neighbours and their children.

It is also completely unnecessary.

We have better and cleaner alternatives for heating our homes.

It is common knowledge that smoke is harmful.

Why in the world would you continue to produce it?

J. McIntyre



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